Mr. Moto explains why the dead body can either be a murder or suicide. Science can determine the differences. Wellington explains his taking ways. The son of a detective attends his course. Then they to a boxing match. Somebody is putting up big money on this contest. Is it fixed? We see a knock-out. Moto explains the danger of gambling. Will Bill Steele win? The audience identifies with one of the boxers. Wellington takes a seat. [Are they nailed down?] âVery exhilarating.â Steele wins in the third round. A doctor looks over the loser, but he is dead. A concussion? Moto corrects the doctor. Was it the collodion? A man goes to collect his winnings. The loser did not âlay off the bet offâ.Why did people in six different cities make the same long shot? Steels is indicted for manslaughter. Was he just a âpatsyâ to take the blame?
Steele is bailed out by a newspaper (to sell newspapers). Motoâs class studies the boxing glove of the winner. They have different explanations for the murder. Then Wellington drives away! Moto reads the label on a coat and finds a clue. Can the Sheriff stop a car with nails? Crude but effective. Stanton show he is ready for his next bout. Lt. Riggs has a clue to the murderer, if he can find âJohn Howardâ from Detroit. Does Gabby know something about the fight? Who put big money on that fight? Other locations tell about âJohn Howardâ. They find âJohn Howardâ but he wonât talk. Moto has a scheme. That night he disposes of a threat. Can a pistol be rigged to shoot by a timer? âCan you remember now?â Biff Moran will fight Steele. The fight begins. Steele is winning! Mr. Benton shows his hand, Can he get away? There is a payoff. Moto finds another body. The case is solved. There is a final joke for the audience.
A bit convoluted, but that serves to make us keep guessing who the killer is. Harold Huber (Lt. Riggs) nand Maxie Rosenbloom (Wellignton) provide a bit more humor than is necessary - this would have been a nice, tight mystery without their antics. Otherwise, everyone does a good job. Not great, not bad.